Holly Golightly’s chic updo made waves with movie-goers when it first debuted in 1961, and it continues to be one of the most-loved hairstyles today. Want to get the style for a costume or just your everyday look? Follow along to see how.

Breakfast at Tiffany

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Breakfast at Tiffany

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Things You'll Need


Step 1: Part and Separate Hair

Starting with clean, dry hair, create a deep side part on the left side of your head using a fine-tooth comb. Separate the front section of your hair (the section should be about 3 to 4 inches deep) from the rest of your hair, pulling it forward. Clip this section to keep it out of the way.

Separate the hair

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Separate the hair

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Step 2: Twist Hair

Separate the remaining hair into two horizontal sections, clipping the top section up and out of the way. With the bottom section, begin twisting your hair tightly in one direction, pulling it up and against the scalp. Clip it in place once you reach the top section of your hair.

Separate the top section

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Pin the top section

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Twist the bottom section

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Pin the bottom section

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Step 3: Create a Ponytail

Incorporating the end of your hair from the twisted section, brush the top section into a sleek ponytail that sits in the middle of your head. Tie the ponytail with an elastic to secure.

Tie into a ponytail

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Step 4: Style the Ponytail

Use your brush to slightly tease the ponytail and give it volume; hold the ponytail straight up by the ends, then gently brush in a downward motion to tousle hair. Once hair is teased, roll the ponytail forward and down until you reach its base, creating a small rolled bun.

tease the pony

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create a small, rolled bun

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small bun

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Step 5: Secure and Shape Bun

Use bobby pins to secure the bun to your scalp. Spread the bun out toward the sides of your head until it has a fanned effect, pinning as you go to ensure a tight hold.

Pin the bun

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Style the bun

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Step 6: Style the Bangs

Unclip the front section of your hair, keeping the deep side part you create in Step 1. Gently tease each side of your hair using the same motion as in Step 3, then smooth hair lightly with your fingers. Starting with the fuller side of your part, sweep strands back and around your head. Pin this section beneath the bun, hiding the ends and pins as best as possible. Repeat on the other side.

Comb the bangs

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Wrap the bangs around the bun

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Pin the bangs

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Prepare the other section

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Secure the other side of the bangs

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Step 7: Accessorize the Updo

Complete the classic “Breakfast At Tiffany’s” look by clipping a jeweled brooch or hair clip in the front center of the bun.

Add a jeweled headpiece

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Step 8: Secure the Look

Finish the entire updo by spraying generously with hairspray to ensure a smooth finish and long-lasting hold.

Secure the look

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All images were shot by Shawna Henrie of Bluedog Fotography in Orange County, California. Hair and makeup done by Dee of Swell Beauty.